Two absentee ballots for Burlington's city council election came back in time to count in the official results.
At its Tuesday meeting, the Des Moines County's Board of Supervisors canvassed the recent elections in five of the county's cities.
Election officials awaited nine ballots in the mail before finalizing Burlington's results. The two that came back brought in two more votes for Jon Billups, one more for Matthew Rinker, two more for Robert Fleming and one more for Scott Diehl. The additional votes made no difference to the candidates' standings.
Vote totals in Danville, Mediapolis, Middletown and West Burlington remain the same as previously reported.
Community Services Director Ken Hyndman and Supervisor Tom Broeker discussed the recent news that AmeriHealth Caritas is leaving the Iowa Medicaid market. The national company took about 140 clients from Hyndman's department earlier this year, forcing the department to stop offering case management services locally. Four county case managers left their jobs to work for AmeriHealth, which is now looking bleak in Iowa.
The company provided Medicaid to 200,000 Iowans, as reported by the Des Moines Register. The company was handling many of the state's clients with the most long-term needs, which also generally are the most expensive for such a company to deal with. Critics fears needy people will fall through the cracks as the 200,000 are quickly ushered to the two other national companies providing the service in Iowa, UnitedHealthcare and Amerigroup.
"AmeriHealth always said money was a problem," Hyndman said. "I wonder how United will do once the health clientele switch to them."
Also at the meeting, County Engineer Brian Carter explained that most of the construction work happening on the north side of the county is utility work. That work requires permits from his office. Anyone who has concerns with how work is being done or what is being done, call (319) 753-8241.